Tag: England

International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition – Award Win

I’m delighted to have won a Finalist Award, in the Beautiful Gardens category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 9. The award-winning photo was taken in the Italian Garden at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, last October. I wanted to photograph early in the morning and was allowed access

Arley Hall and Garden - Ilex Avenue and Hydrangeas

Arley Hall and Gardens in October

First published in my original blog October 2012 Arley Hall is one of my favourite places in Cheshire. Its gardens are a delight throughout the year, but the historic double herbaceous borders must be the climax of any visit, rewarding you with a dazzling display of profuse colour at the

Tatton Park - Mansion and Italian Garden

Stately Homes for Photographers – Part Two

This is the second in a series of posts featuring what I think are wonderfully photogenic stately homes – all well worth a visit. Here are three more of my favourites heritage destinations, Montacute House, Sezincote House and the mansion at Tatton Park. I will provide details of more historic

Slad - Rosebank and Wildflowers

Laurie Lee – In Search of His Roots

First published in my original blog October 2012 Travel writer, Paul Murphy, is about to embark on an epic journey across Spain, much of it on foot. He will be following a path already trodden by one of the 20th century’s most popular authors – and over the summer I

Rode Hall - Kitchen Garden

Gardens for Photographers – Part Three

While immaculately designed planting schemes of bulbs, shrubs, trees, bedding and herbaceous perennials may be traditionally associated with our great country house gardens, their other important role was to produce top quality fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the property owners. Here are three top gardens in Cheshire featuring walled

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens - April Sunshine in Temple Garden

Spring at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

First published on my previous blog – May 2013 It might be running a few weeks late, but spring has finally arrived in this corner of the UK. My challenge in late April and early May has been to capture the blossom, the daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers in

Holker Hall - Neptune Cascade and Fountain

Lake District Gardens – Part One

Justly famous for its magnificent landscapes, the Lake District in North West England, also boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Many surround ancient stately homes, others are attached to smaller domestic properties – or are separate spaces, cultivated by volunteers with a passion for gardening. Here

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